In the six years since its founding, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company (“Buffbrew”) has grown and cultivated a craft brewery that is not only substantial in size, but even more importantly, substantive in quality. Their independent and relentless, boundary-pushing approach to craft brewing has resulted in an unmatched 70 innovative beer varieties and a business that is now Houston’s largest self-distributing brewery. Buffbrew has outgrown its brewing space, and it has heard the resounding demand for a dedicated taproom and event space. The team recently announced its new location at Sawyer Yards (see Chron, Eater, HBJ), which will encompass both an expanded brewing facility as well as an opportunity for the community to invest in the new Buffbrew Taproom LLC ("Taproom"). Buffbrew Taproom will be a new business that operates two bars on-site, a full-service kitchen, as well as a VIP room and event space for group reservations and larger gatherings at the new location.
Over the years, Buffbrew has developed a lineup of products that has drawn an adventurous community. Its brewing methods have applied cutting-edge technology, technique and unique flavor profiles to achieve a unique and superior taste that the team is extremely proud of. As important, its self-distributing model gives the business a degree of independence and control over its product that no other Houston brewery has matched.
The new Sawyer Yards location will allow Buffbrew the space to make beer and host guests in a beautifully and thoughtfully designed home. Standing three stories tall with over 28,000 square feet, the brewery will welcome a steady flow of beer enthusiasts, 7 days a week. The cornerstone of this experience will be the state-of-the-art Buffbrew Taproom, with over 40 beers on tap and a full-service kitchen serving up an elevated bar food menu.
The team’s partnership with Method Architecture has been a process in staying true to the beloved elements of Buffbrew’s current home on Nolda Street – an immersive, picnic-tables-on-concrete feel – while creating a new, unparalleled scenic view.
The main taproom will reside on the second floor. On one side, customers will be met with 30 feet of large, plate glass windows that directly overlook the tanks and brewers at work – a true tank-to-table, or tank-to-tap, experience. In line with its “Urban Brewery” designation, taproom patrons will also face magnificent Houston views with over 50 feet of downtown-facing windows. With no taller buildings standing between the brewery and downtown, the city’s skyline will make for a beautiful backdrop for private events, holidays, and any other reason to spend an evening on the rooftop patio or party room.
Breaking ground this winter, the Buffbrew Taproom is expected to open at Sawyer Yards at the end of 2018.